Management/Association News
Author: Staff
Date: December 01,2006
MANAGEMENTCarrington Abernethy,
formerly with Live Nation Motorsports, is now general manager of
the House of Hope for International Facilities Group. She is based
in Chicago.
 
Neil Campbell is retiring
from his position as vice president of ballpark operations for the
Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, on Dec. 31. Scott Jenkins,
formerly at Miller Park and then Lincoln Financial Field, has
replaced Campell with the Mariners. Campbell has been in the
business for 35 years and said he will probably take on some
projects during his retirement.
 
Charlie Gillespie has re-joined
Aramark as a senior consultant, focusing on enhancing Aramark
Sports & Entertainment’s relationships at the League
levels. Gillespie was with Aramark for 30 years, prior to his
departure in January 2004. He held several key operational
roles and was ultimately named president of the Sports and
Entertainment Group. Most recently, he held the position of
executive vice president, Business Development and Client
Relations.
 
Rebecca Glassing, Ross Callahan
and Lacey Siek have joined metroConnections Conference Services
Division. Glassing is program coordinator; Callahan and Siek are
registration leads.
 
Brian Griffin has been promoted
from manager of Operations to director, Operations, for BC Place,
Vancouver, B.C. Griffin’s responsibilities will include
Stadium maintenance, engineering, construction, building
conversions and security. Graham Ramsay has been promoted to
director, Business Development. His responsibilities will include
sales and marketing, event operations, corporate communications and
management of the stadium food and beverage supplier, Centerplate.
Bob Starkey, formerly manager of Human Resources and Labour
Relations, is now director, Business Administration. Starkey will
oversee all human resources, labor relations, finance and
information technology functions. BC Place will host the 2010
Winter Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies and Paralympic
Opening Ceremonies.
 
Jonathan Hochwald has been named
executive vice president, productions, for Madison Square Garden
Entertainment. Hochwald will serve as the chief operating officer
and general manager of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
franchise worldwide, as well as working with the Executive Vice
President of Business Development on creating and developing new
productions produced by MSGE. Prior to joining MSG Entertainment,
Hochwald most recently founded, owned and served as president of
Madstone Productions, LLC, in New York, the North American tour
promoter for Celtic Woman; consulted on Cirque du Soleil’s
Delirium World Tour for Live Nation; and co-produced a multi-month
run of Love, Janis in San Francisco. Before starting his own
company, Hochwald worked for Clear Channel Entertainment and its
predecessors (SFX Entertainment and PACE Entertainment) from 1988
to 2005, leading the firm’s family entertainment
division.
 
Robb Larson, former director of
Sales and Marketing at Osceola Heritage Park, has been promoted to
be the new general manager for the multi-complex of facilities
managed by SMG. Larson will begin his new role effective
immediately. He will oversee 23 full-time employees principally
responsible for promoting and staging events at the Silver Spurs
Arena and the 90,000 square-foot Exhibition Building. Prior to
joining SMG, Larson was with RDV Sports Inc., where he held the
position of director of Business Operations for the WNBA’s
Orlando Miracle. Before coming to Central Florida seven years ago,
Larson served as the director of Sales and Marketing for the
Hershey Sports and Entertainment Group.
 
Delaware North Companies Parks
& Resorts, a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, named
Sandra Levesque to the post of director of reservations. Levesque,
a 16-year hospitality industry veteran, will be responsible for
directing, establishing, planning and implementing the overall
policies and goals for the company’s call center sales and
operations. Levesque will be based in Fresno, Calif. Lavesque was
the call center manager for Pegasus Solutions in Providence,
R.I
 
The Salt Lake Convention and
Visitors Bureau has named Michael Mack vice president of Services,
a new position responsible for overseeing the consolidation of all
CVB service departments: convention & client, visitor and
membership. Mack had been director of Convention Services at Salt
Lake CVB, followed by his promotion to managing director of
Convention & Client Services.
 
David M. Marnell, Sr., chief
financial officer (CFO) and vice president of the Oncenter complex
in Syracuse, N.Y., has been named the convention center’s
president and CEO. Marnell, who has worked for the Oncenter since
its inception 14 years ago, assumed the posts previously held by
Gerald (Jerry) Gallagher, who took over as director of the
Minneapolis Convention Center the same day, Nov. 13.
 
Mike McGee has been promoted to
the position of executive vice president, North American Business
Operations, for Ticketmaster. David Goldberg, who has been heading
up TM’s Corporate Sales and Marketing effort, will dedicate
himself exclusively to heading up the music services effort,
encouraging clients to embrace auctions, ticket exchange, VIP
packages, and fan clubs.
 
Lois McLaughlin has begun her new
duties as the event services manager for the Minneapolis Convention
Center. Prior to joining the Minneapolis Convention Center, she
held the position of director of Event Service at the Atlantic City
Convention Center/SMG from September 2000 to October 2006.
 
Robert Nellams has been named
director of Seattle Center, which includes KeyArena, Mercer Arena,
the Fun Forest amusement park and the monorail, a remnant of the
1962 World’s Fair that gave rise to the 74-acre center
— all face financial challenges or potential changes. He had
been interim director. He succeeds Virginia Anderson, who resigned
in April.
 
SMG Hawaii has named Meredith
Parkins as sales manager, eastern region, for the Hawaii Convention
Center. Parkins has seven years of meetings industry experience,
most recently as director of national accounts at the Austin
(Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau. In addition, Lorrie Lum
has been named sales manager, Midwest, working from the
center’s offices in Honolulu. Parkins will be stationed in
Washington, D.C.
 
Luc Robitaille has joined AEG
Sports and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League in
an executive capacity. Robitaille, who retired last April as the
highest scoring left wing in NHL history, has been named senior
consultant for AEG Sports and assistant to the governor and
alternate governor for the Kings.
 
Cathy Stell has joined Nederlander
Concerts as the director of Marketing for Arizona. With more than
18 years of experience in entertainment marketing, Stell most
recently worked for the Harlem Globetrotters as their senior
marketing director. Prior to that, Stell was with Pace
Concerts/SFX/Clear Channel Entertainment, first as marketing
director of the Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix and then as director
of Sponsor Fulfillment out of Houston. Stell also toured with VEE
Corporation. 
 
IHRA, a division of Live Nation
Motor Sports, has promoted Ellen Watts to marketing manager —
Norwalk Properties. She will be responsible for establishing and
executing programs to increase ticket sales for all Norwalk
Properties, including the eMax Nitro Jam National Event Series and
the Kumho Street Warriorz and Thunder Jam events. Watts has worked
as promotion manager for Live Nation Motor Sports for four years.
Watts will be based out of the company’s Aurora, Ill.,
office.
 
 
ASSOCIATION NEWS
 

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre managing director Cliff
Wallace, has been elected executive vice president and is the
Incoming President of UFI — The Global Association of the
Exhibition Industry. Under the UFI Statutes, Wallace will
begin his mandate as UFI president in October 2007. The
announcement was made by the UFI Board of Directors at the 73rd
Annual Congress in Beijing. UFI, established in 1925, is a
worldwide organization representing the trade fair and exhibition
industry. It currently represents 326 member organizations
from 168 cities in 73 countries, who organize over 4,500
exhibitions throughout six continents. Wallace is the first venue
manager elected by the UFI Board of Directors as an incoming
president. The presidency has traditionally been filled by an
exhibition organizing company CEO. He is the first American
that takes up this position and the first incoming president
representing Asian UFI members. Jochen Witt is UFI’s new
President (Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany), replacing outgoing UFI
President Tom Beyer (Stockholmsmässan, Stockholm, Sweden).